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MAY 2002

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Country Introducing West Marin Stagecoach Service

Marin County is in the final steps of readying a new scheduled bus service for major communities along the western edge of the county, providing regular transportation for residents and businesses lacking the means of reaching the commercial and service centers concentrated to the East.

"For too long, many of our citizens in West Marin - especially the elderly, young or disabled - have been isolated without adequate transit service," said County Supervisor Steve Kinsey. "If you live and work out there, and either can't drive or do not have a car, you are out of touch with medical or other services and facilities. We aim to fix that with a service that is designed for these needs."

Nick-named The Stage, this service will use new twelve-passenger buses to operate two routes, each connecting with Golden Gate Transit routes in the East. One service, the Northern route, runs from the Inverness/Point Reyes area to San Anselmo, and the other, Southern route runs from Bolinas to the Mill Valley/Marin City area, with numerous stops along the routes. There will be four round-trip services per day on each route, Monday through Friday.

Kinsey emphasized that the communities receiving this bus service need to examine how they can best integrate the service into their community and family life, so that it is widely accepted and used, and is successful. "This is a two-year demonstration program, funded by Marin Transit District, the federal government and the County itself," he said. "We want to be certain that it fulfills community needs."

"We are taking the situation of the people of West Marin very seriously in scheduling this transit system," said John Loll, County Transit Manager, "and we are working closely with the services these people need, such as GGT and Whistlestop Wheels, both of which will connect with out service. West Marin Senior Services is developing a plan to provide feeder service to The Stage for elderly and disabled citizens."

Loll explained: "The new buses are being prepared now, and are equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. There will be special Stage bus signs at the man y stops along the routes. We hope to commence service in April." Schedules and other information are being prepared now, and will be distributed broadly in the near future.

New Executive Director of Alzheimer's Association

Bob Stockwell of Novato has been named executive director of the North Bay Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California. He will oversee operations in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.

Affiliated with the national Alzheimer's Association since 1984, the non-profit organization works to create a world without Alzheimer's disease while optimizing the quality of life for individuals and their families who cope with dementia.

More than 130 volunteers and a board of directors assist the staff in providing education, support groups, respite care and referral services for more than 15,000 families in the North Bay. Services are provided from offices in San Rafael and Santa Rosa.

For more information about the local chapter, call 415-472-4340 or 707-573-1210.



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